Develop & hone your soft skills continually
The last and third takeaway from my speech last Sunday was the need to develop and hone our leadership skills consistently if our desire is to succeed and continually excel as 21st C professionals, leaders, and/or entrepreneurs. Technical know-how and skills may take you hours or days (in some cases weeks) to understand and master.
On the contrary, developing many of the soft skills necessary to lead may take you months, if not years. What is challenging, you cannot just develop and shelf them forever. You have to constantly improve them on a consistent basis without being tired.
For example, initially, you may succeed to communicate in writing and verbally under normal circumstances. As you advance in your leadership and the more your scope increases, the more advanced communication skills you desperately need. For instance, ordinary communication competency you learned last year or ages ago 🙂 doesn’t cut it when you find yourself in a stormy situation as you deal with a thorny customer, teammate, what have you. It doesn’t help as you struggle to lead your team out of a crisis.
As you can imagine, I cannot share here with you everything you should know, tools, models, and approaches you should use to work on your soft skills to take your leadership to the next level. I encourage you to read good books, attend seminars, webinars, get a coach, and most importantly, practice what you learn.
If you are interested to check it out, I wrote a book that identified 12 soft skills that make or break your success. You can get the book from Amazon or just download the pdf version and begin reading right away: https://successpws.com/?page_id=3341